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Biography #2 (for The Steve Harvey Show)

Terri J. Vaughn never intended to become an actress, but she is determined to turn her success into a positive, inspirational example for young women growing up without hope.

Vaughn spent her childhood in a housing project in San Francisco and was determined to go away to college. An advertising major at California State University at Hayward, she was one quarter short of graduation when fate stepped in and changed the course of her life. A friend was recruiting contestants for the Miss Black California Pageant and she participated as a lark, choosing dramatic reading for her talent portion of the competition. To her surprise, she made it to the finals held in Los Angeles. In an amazing turn of events, one of the pageant judges was a producer who was casting the national tour for the play Tellin' It Like It Tiz. Impressed with her performance, he invited Vaughn to audition and she landed a leading role, left college and toured with the company for two years. Afterwards, she moved to Los Angeles and began to study the craft of acting while pursuing a professional career.

In film, Vaughn has appeared in "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag and Friday". On the small screen, Vaughn recently did a memorable turn as a mother falsely accused of beating her baby on ER last season. She also had a recurring role on Family Matters and made guest-starring appearances on series including Living Single, Married....with Children and "Sinbad'.

When not working, the San Francisco native enjoys hiking, running, reading and writing. She and her husband, rapper and lyricist Derrick Carolina, live in Los Angeles where they are renovating their first home together and he teaches her to play golf.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "The Steve Harvey Show" (11-Jun-2003)


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